About Torness

Torness is a nuclear power station on the east coast of Scotland, 33 miles east of Edinburgh. It is capable of supplying electricity over 2 million UK homes.

  • Station Director: Robert Gunn
  • Reactor type: 2 Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors
  • Total supply to the national grid: 1190 MW
  • Coolant: Carbon dioxide gas (CO2)
  • Start of construction: 1980
  • Start of generation: 1988
  • Estimated end of generation: 2030
  • People: Approximately 550 full time EDF Energy employees plus over 180 full time contract partners

Power station - Torness

Torness is a nuclear power station on the east coast of Scotland, 33 miles east of Edinburgh. It is capable of supplying electricity over 2 million UK homes.

Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 12.10hrs Generation (MW) data as at: 21 Aug 2018 11.00hrs

Reactor 1

Turbine Generator 1

In service
586MW

Status

Nominal full load

Next statutory outage

Jun-2020

Reactor 2

Turbine Generator 2

In service
636MW

Status

Nominal full load

Next statutory outage

Sep-2018

Notes

Nominal full load refers to the nominal maximum generation in megawatts from a reactor.  The output from a reactor can fluctuate even when at full load for many reasons (e.g. plant conditions, sea water temperatures, operating limits/constraints etc).  Where the output of a reactor is reduced by approximately 10% or more of its maximum, the reason for this will be shown.  Generation figures are net of any imports into the station and may be negative when a unit is not generating.

Return to service dates are provided to the same accuracy as provided to National Grid under the requirements of the Grid Code and refer to the first full day of operation.  Where a return to service date falls within approximately two weeks of the date of this report, the exact date will be shown.  Where a return to service date is expected to fall more than two weeks into the future, the week commencing in which a reactor is due to return to service will be indicated (shown as “w/c”).

Additional information on the availability of our nuclear power stations can be found on our REMIT page.

Community

EDF Energy hold regular meetings (Local Liaison Council or LLC) with local people, the media, council and emergency services pepresentatives and local politicians to maintain regular communications about the nuclear site. 

The next LLC is 14 March 2019 at Torness power station.

For more information, contact Ashleigh Dickson, EDF Energy, on +44 (0)1368 873847.

Read our latest community report (PDF)

Read the Torness Environmental Product Description (PDF)

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Visit us

Drop into our visitor centre or book a full tour to see for yourself how we generate nuclear energy.

Our visitor centre has an interactive exhibition where you can find out more about nuclear power generation. We also offer pre-booked tours of the power station and it's all free of charge. 

Latest news

Format: 22/08/2018
Format: 22/08/2018
Fairy trailers Zak and Ben Miller show off their wands at the Torness visitor centre
Friday, July 27, 2018

Fairy trail magic for Torness visitors

The fairies have been weaving their magic over the Torness visitor centre as record numbers have flocked to the station during the summer holidays.

More than 600 children and their families have made their way to the EDF Energy power station to check out the centre’s Fairy Trail.

Chirnside Juniors Football team with their new boot bags bought after securing sponsorship from Torness power station.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Junior football team bags Torness sponsorship

A junior football team in the Borders have been able to add to their kit list thanks to a donation from Torness power station.

Chirnside Juniors were given £300 sponsorship by the EDF Energy station. The team used the money to buy new personalised club boot bags to complete their kit.

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  • Address:
    EDF Energy
    Torness power station
    Torness
    Dunbar
    East Lothian
    EH42 1QS
     
  • Reception: +44 (0)1368 873000
  • Media requests: Fiona McCall, +44 (0)1355 846281
  • Community requests: Ashleigh Dickson, +44 (0)1368 873847
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